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Ian Pickavance by Dave Dooley
This strong, hard-running forward became a key part of the St Helens team that carried off the silverware in the mid 1990s. Ian was extremely difficult to tackle especially near the opponent`s tryline. He made his debut coming on as a substitute in the away match at Warrington which ended in a 17 points to 10 loss. Ian evolved as one of the new breed of impact players and as such 86 of his appearances were from the substitute`s bench. His first try for the club came in the fifth round Challenge Cup match at Whitehaven in which the Saints prevailed by 46 points to 4. Some very strong performances in the second row saw Ian drafted into the starting line-up for the last 15 matches of the season. A great highlight for Ian came in that first campaign when Ian romped over for a very impressive hat trick against a weak Leeds outfit as the Saints recorded an unanswered 68 points.

. Ian had several outings at prop forward in his first season and that was to prove his designated position for much of the remainder of his career with the Saints. In the 1994/5 campaign, Ian was rampant as he notched another hat trick in the away Regal Trophy match at Huddersfield in December 1994. He also scored an impressive brace at Workington but it was his intimidating surging runs that warmed the St Helens public to Pickavance. In this season Ian also produced his party piece, a stunning drop goal in the 16 all drawn Challenge Cup tie at Wigan, when the Saints came so close to ending Wigan`s long winning sequence in that competition.

The truncated centenary campaign of 1995/6 was very much a final training session for the full professional era. The measure of the quality of a St Helens side is how well it performs against its deadly rivals from Wigan. In the third game of the season Saints were thrashed by the Riversiders to the tune of 52 points to 20 at Knowsley Road. With the recruitment of Paul Newlove and the maturation of other personnel, by the end of the campaign Saints were running Wigan close in a tightly fought Regal Trophy Final, which featured some great marauding runs by Ian. Another brace of touchdowns against Workington Town ably demonstrated the potential of this rugged customer.

The introduction of summer rugby during Super League One was tailor made for an impact player with the aggressive, attacking qualities of Ian Pickavance. Saints preparations for the Challenge Cup run under Shaun McRae went without a hitch. In the Final the power of Ian and the rest of the Saints pack would eventually wear down the brave Bradford resistance. Ian was on hand shortly after half time when Bobbie Goulding produced his `three bomb trick`. The cheeky scrum half launched an enormous up and under that dropped behind the tryline and eluded the Bradford full back Nathan Graham. Ian was on the spot to leap and collect the now bouncing bomb and set the Saints on the road to recovery and eventual victory. Thus, Ian proudly collected his Challenge Cup winner`s medal that sunny Wembley afternoon. Ian seemed to revel in playing matches against the `Old Enemy`. The Good Friday encounter at home to Wigan was probably Ian`s most dominant performance in a Saints shirt as Saints fought back from a significant early deficit to record a vital and landmark 41 points to 26 over Wigan. He received the ball 15 metres form the Wigan line and seemed to be faced with the entire opposition pack. `Picky` literally bullied, surged and spun his way over the line and the home crowd finally felt that the balance of power was finally turning to the Saints. Saints winding road to the Championship in the first Super League season was littered with some very close encounters against stern opposition. One such match was the away fixture against Warrington when the Saints were looking down the barrel of a defeat. With just a few minutes of the match remaining Saints were five points behind when Derek McVey made a beautiful break down the left centre channel. As he crossed the Warrington 20m line, he caught a glimpse of `Picky` supporting magnificently on the inside. Ian accepted the ovoid with relish and romped in on an arcing run to plant the ball behind the posts, setting up for an easy match winning goal conversion. Some 16 matches and a 116 chicanes later, the Saints were crowned as Champions and Ian had won another precious winner`s medal.

The 1997 brought Ian his second Challenge Cup winner`s medal against the Bradford Bulls. In a match dominated by Saints rampant pack Ian came off the bench to subdue the Bulls second half mini-revival. Ian was still being used by Shaun McRae as an impact player off the bench in this campaign. He scored tries in away fixtures against Salford, Oldham and Wigan as Saints` season fell away following some unflattering score-lines in the World Club Championship games. Picky`s last season at Knowsley Road was the disappointing 1998 campaign when he started just one match out of 21 appearances in a season that left the Saints with an empty trophy cabinet. His only try and last score for the club came in the 32 points to 22 defeat of Castleford. His last match for the Saints came in the 50 points to nil destruction of Sheffield Eagles.

Ian played for the Saints in the golden years of the mid-nineties and his power helped drive the Saints to new heights as major trophies were collected amid a feast of fine open rugby. `Picky` played an important impact role in this success and was always the scourge of Wigan. That alone would make him forever a local hero! Ian scored a grand total of 24 tries and one drop goal in 156 matches. His 86 substitute appearances put Ian in the top bracket of saintly substitutes.





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Ian Pickavance : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1993~946 0 0 27
1994~95 7 0 1 34
1995~964 0 0 18
1996 3 0 0 25
19973 0 0 34
19981 0 0 21
TOTALS:24 0 1 159

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1993~940002
1994~951001
1995~960002
19960001
19970003
19980001
TOTALS:10010

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
L 11 8th Aug 1993 International XIII* Fr Testimonial 1993~94 H 24 54 0 0 0 View
W 14 22nd Aug 1993 Widnes* Fr Charity 1993~94 A 30 14 0 0 0 View
L 15 12th Sep 1993 Warrington L 1993~94 A 10 17 0 0 0 View
W 11 19th Sep 1993 Leigh L 1993~94 H 34 16 0 0 0 View
L 15 24th Oct 1993 Sheffield Eagles L 1993~94 H 12 19 0 0 0 View
W 12 12th Nov 1993 Dewsbury RT2 1993~94 A 20 6 0 0 0 View
W 15 17th Nov 1993 Leeds L 1993~94 A 21 18 0 0 0 View
W 15 21st Nov 1993 Oldham L 1993~94 A 12 2 0 0 0 View
D 15 26th Nov 1993 Halifax L 1993~94 H 16 16 0 0 0 View
W 14 2nd Jan 1994 Widnes L 1993~94 H 24 16 0 0 0 View
L 3 12th Jan 1994 Salford L 1993~94 A 2 34 0 0 0 View
L 3 16th Jan 1994 Warrington L 1993~94 H 11 21 0 0 0 View
L 3 23rd Jan 1994 Leigh L 1993~94 A 4 21 0 0 0 View
W 10 30th Jan 1994 Huddersfield CC4 1993~94 A 23 16 0 0 0 View
W 11 6th Feb 1994 Castleford L 1993~94 H 33 12 1 0 0 View
W 12 13th Feb 1994 Whitehaven CC5 1993~94 A 46 4 1 0 0 View
W 10 20th Feb 1994 Featherstone Rovers L 1993~94 H 27 18 0 0 0 View
W 10 27th Feb 1994 Doncaster CC6 1993~94 H 40 9 0 0 0 View
W 10 6th Mar 1994 Wakefield Trinity L 1993~94 A 35 22 0 0 0 View
L 10 11th Mar 1994 Sheffield Eagles L 1993~94 A 6 18 0 0 0 View
L 12 26th Mar 1994 Leeds CCSF 1993~94 N 8 20 0 0 0 View
L 12 1st Apr 1994 Wigan L 1993~94 H 9 15 0 0 0 View
L 12 4th Apr 1994 Widnes L 1993~94 A 17 20 0 0 0 View
W 12 10th Apr 1994 Hull L 1993~94 H 52 10 0 0 0 View
W 12 13th Apr 1994 Leeds L 1993~94 H 68 0 3 0 0 View
L 10 17th Apr 1994 Oldham L 1993~94 H 26 30 0 0 0 View
L 12 19th Apr 1994 Bradford Northern L 1993~94 A 16 18 0 0 0 View
L 3 24th Apr 1994 Halifax L 1993~94 A 30 37 0 0 0 View
L 12 8th May 1994 Wigan PT1 1993~94 A 16 34 1 0 0 View
W 12 14th Aug 1994 Widnes* Fr Charity 1994~95 H 48 4 1 0 0 View
L 15 21st Aug 1994 Doncaster L 1994~95 H 20 29 0 0 0 View
L 11 24th Aug 1994 Warrington L 1994~95 A 10 31 0 0 0 View
W 15 28th Aug 1994 Halifax L 1994~95 A 30 22 0 0 0 View
W 15 4th Sep 1994 Salford L 1994~95 H 34 28 0 0 0 View
W 15 11th Sep 1994 Workington Town L 1994~95 A 30 25 2 0 0 View
W 11 18th Sep 1994 Castleford L 1994~95 H 47 14 0 0 0 View
W 11 25th Sep 1994 Sheffield Eagles L 1994~95 H 26 10 0 0 0 View
D 11 2nd Oct 1994 Oldham L 1994~95 A 18 18 0 0 0 View
W 12 9th Oct 1994 Leeds L 1994~95 H 25 18 0 0 0 View
W 12 16th Oct 1994 Bradford Northern L 1994~95 A 51 12 0 0 0 View
L 11 1st Nov 1994 Australia Tour 1994~95 H 14 32 0 0 0 View
L 15 27th Nov 1994 Salford L 1994~95 A 12 39 0 0 0 View
W 11 4th Dec 1994 Huddersfield RT2 1994~95 A 52 11 3 0 0 View
W 11 11th Dec 1994 Workington Town L 1994~95 H 48 10 0 0 0 View
D 11 18th Dec 1994 Batley RT3 1994~95 A 22 22 0 0 0 View
W 14 20th Dec 1994 Batley RT3rep 1994~95 H 50 22 0 0 0 View
L 15 26th Dec 1994 Wigan L 1994~95 H 25 32 0 0 0 View
W 15 1st Jan 1995 Widnes L 1994~95 A 20 10 0 0 0 View
L 15 8th Jan 1995 Wigan RT4 1994~95 A 22 24 0 0 0 View
L 15 11th Jan 1995 Wakefield Trinity L 1994~95 A 0 15 0 0 0 View
W 15 15th Jan 1995 Featherstone Rovers L 1994~95 H 26 20 0 0 0 View
W 15 22nd Jan 1995 Hull L 1994~95 H 54 18 0 0 0 View
L 10 29th Jan 1995 Castleford L 1994~95 A 16 18 0 0 0 View
L 11 5th Feb 1995 Sheffield Eagles L 1994~95 A 31 35 0 0 0 View
D 10 11th Feb 1995 Wigan CC4 1994~95 A 16 16 1 0 1 View
L 10 15th Feb 1995 Wigan CC4rep 1994~95 H 24 40 1 0 0 View
W 10 19th Feb 1995 Oldham L 1994~95 H 32 22 0 0 0 View
W 10 12th Mar 1995 Hull L 1994~95 A 43 32 0 0 0 View
W 10 17th Mar 1995 Bradford Northern L 1994~95 H 36 27 0 0 0 View
W 15 22nd Mar 1995 Leeds L 1994~95 A 31 20 0 0 0 View
L 11 26th Mar 1995 Featherstone Rovers L 1994~95 A 27 34 0 0 0 View
W 10 21st Apr 1995 Warrington L 1994~95 H 31 12 0 0 0 View
W 10 7th May 1995 Halifax PT1 1994~95 H 32 16 0 0 0 View
L 10 14th May 1995 Leeds PTSF 1994~95 A 26 30 0 0 0 View
W 22 6th Aug 1995 Hull* Fr Testimonial 1995~96 H 64 16 0 0 0 View
W 10 11th Aug 1995 Salford* Fr 1995~96 A 32 22 0 0 0 View
W 17 20th Aug 1995 Bradford Bulls L 1995~96 H 55 10 0 0 0 View
W 17 23rd Aug 1995 Oldham L 1995~96 A 44 18 0 0 0 View
L 17 28th Aug 1995 Wigan L 1995~96 H 20 52 0 0 0 View
L 17 3rd Sep 1995 Leeds L 1995~96 A 24 36 0 0 0 View
W 8 10th Sep 1995 Workington Town L 1995~96 A 66 22 2 0 0 View
W 10 13th Sep 1995 Sheffield Eagles L 1995~96 H 62 20 0 0 0 View
W 8 17th Sep 1995 Castleford L 1995~96 H 35 18 0 0 0 View
W 11 5th Nov 1995 Halifax L 1995~96 H 58 20 1 0 0 View
W 11 11th Nov 1995 Keighley Cougars RT2 1995~96 A 42 14 0 0 0 View
W 11 17th Nov 1995 Bradford Bulls L 1995~96 A 32 18 0 0 0 View
W 17 3rd Dec 1995 Workington Town L 1995~96 H 58 10 0 0 0 View
W 10 10th Dec 1995 Halifax RT4 1995~96 H 46 18 0 0 0 View
W 10 13th Dec 1995 Oldham L 1995~96 H 32 22 0 0 0 View
L 10 20th Dec 1995 Castleford L 1995~96 A 18 26 0 0 0 View
L 11 1st Jan 1996 Leeds L 1995~96 H 14 20 0 0 0 View
W 11 4th Jan 1996 Warrington RTSF 1995~96 H 80 0 1 0 0 View
W 10 7th Jan 1996 Warrington L 1995~96 H 54 14 0 0 0 View
L 10 13th Jan 1996 Wigan RTF 1995~96 N 16 25 0 0 0 View
W 16 31st Mar 1996 Workington Town SL 1996 A 62 0 0 0 0 View
W 16 5th Apr 1996 Wigan Warriors SL 1996 H 41 26 1 0 0 View
W 16 8th Apr 1996 Leeds Rhinos SL 1996 A 46 24 0 0 0 View
W 16 14th Apr 1996 Bradford Bulls SL 1996 H 26 20 0 0 0 View
W 16 21st Apr 1996 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1996 A 30 28 0 0 0 View
W 16 27th Apr 1996 Bradford Bulls SCCCF 1996 W 40 32 1 0 0 View
W 16 5th May 1996 Oldham Bears SL 1996 H 66 18 0 0 0 View
W 16 12th May 1996 London Broncos SL 1996 H 24 22 0 0 0 View
W 16 17th May 1996 Warrington Wolves SL 1996 A 25 24 1 0 0 View
W 10 27th May 1996 Castleford Tigers SL 1996 H 62 24 0 0 0 View
W 10 2nd Jun 1996 Paris St.Germain SL 1996 H 52 10 0 0 0 View
W 11 8th Jun 1996 Sheffield Eagles SL 1996 A 43 32 0 0 0 View
W 17 16th Jun 1996 Workington Town SL 1996 H 60 16 0 0 0 View
L 15 21st Jun 1996 Wigan Warriors SL 1996 A 19 35 0 0 0 View
W 11 30th Jun 1996 Leeds Rhinos SL 1996 H 42 16 0 0 0 View
L 11 5th Jul 1996 Bradford Bulls SL 1996 A 22 50 0 0 0 View
W 17 14th Jul 1996 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1996 H 58 20 0 0 0 View
W 17 19th Jul 1996 Oldham Bears SL 1996 A 54 18 0 0 0 View
W 17 27th Jul 1996 London Broncos SL 1996 A 32 28 0 0 0 View
W 11 2nd Aug 1996 Castleford Tigers SL 1996 A 20 16 0 0 0 View
W 16 10th Aug 1996 Paris St.Germain SL 1996 A 32 12 0 0 0 View
W 17 18th Aug 1996 Sheffield Eagles SL 1996 H 68 2 0 0 0 View
W 17 26th Aug 1996 Warrington Wolves SL 1996 H 66 14 0 0 0 View
W 17 1st Sep 1996 London Broncos PTSF 1996 H 25 14 0 0 0 View
L 17 8th Sep 1996 Wigan Warriors PTF 1996 N 14 44 0 0 0 View
L 12 26th Dec 1996 Wigan* Fr Norweb Challenge 1996 A 22 32 0 0 0 View
W 12 12th Jan 1997 Wigan* Fr Norweb Challenge 1997 H 44 12 0 0 0 View
L 12 24th Jan 1997 Leeds Rhinos* Fr 1997 H 30 36 0 0 0 View
W 15 8th Feb 1997 Wigan Warriors SCCC4 1997 H 26 12 0 0 0 View
W 15 23rd Feb 1997 Hull SCCC5 1997 H 54 8 0 0 0 View
W 15 9th Mar 1997 Keighley Cougars SCCC6 1997 A 24 0 0 0 0 View
W 15 16th Mar 1997 London Broncos SL 1997 A 28 24 0 0 0 View
W 15 22nd Mar 1997 Salford Reds SCCCSF 1997 N 50 20 0 0 0 View
W 15 28th Mar 1997 Wigan Warriors SL 1997 A 22 10 1 0 0 View
W 11 31st Mar 1997 Sheffield Eagles SL 1997 H 32 12 0 0 0 View
W 14 5th Apr 1997 Paris St.Germain SL 1997 A 44 6 0 0 0 View
L 14 11th Apr 1997 Leeds Rhinos SL 1997 A 12 13 0 0 0 View
W 17 27th Apr 1997 Castleford Tigers SL 1997 H 42 16 0 0 0 View
W 17 3rd May 1997 Bradford Bulls SCCCF 1997 W 32 22 0 0 0 View
L 17 11th May 1997 Bradford Bulls SL 1997 A 18 38 0 0 0 View
D 11 16th May 1997 London Broncos SL 1997 H 22 22 0 0 0 View
L 11 22nd May 1997 Salford Reds SL 1997 A 26 39 1 0 0 View
L 12 26th May 1997 Wigan Warriors SL 1997 H 12 65 0 0 0 View
L 14 6th Jun 1997 Auckland Warriors WCC 1997 H 14 42 0 0 0 View
L 14 16th Jun 1997 Cronulla Sharks WCC 1997 H 8 48 0 0 0 View
L 14 22nd Jun 1997 Penrith Panthers WCC 1997 H 30 50 0 0 0 View
W 15 29th Jun 1997 Oldham Bears SL 1997 A 34 30 1 0 0 View
L 15 2nd Jul 1997 Sheffield Eagles SL 1997 A 12 14 0 0 0 View
L 15 6th Jul 1997 Bradford Bulls SL 1997 H 20 38 0 0 0 View
W 8 13th Jul 1997 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1997 H 38 20 0 0 0 View
L 17 21st Jul 1997 Cronulla Sharks WCC 1997 A 12 28 0 0 0 View
L 11 25th Jul 1997 Auckland Warriors WCC 1997 A 6 70 0 0 0 View
L 10 4th Aug 1997 Penrith Panthers WCC 1997 A 26 32 0 0 0 View
W 14 10th Aug 1997 Oldham Bears SL 1997 H 36 26 0 0 0 View
W 14 13th Aug 1997 Paris St.Germain WCCPO 1997 H 42 4 0 0 0 View
L 14 17th Aug 1997 Castleford Tigers SL 1997 A 16 35 0 0 0 View
W 14 22nd Aug 1997 Warrington Wolves SL 1997 A 22 20 0 0 0 View
W 15 31st Aug 1997 Paris St.Germain SL 1997 H 26 14 0 0 0 View
W 10 12th Sep 1997 Salford Reds PT 1997 H 26 12 0 0 0 View
W 15 19th Sep 1997 Castleford Tigers PTSF 1997 H 32 18 0 0 0 View
L 15 28th Sep 1997 Wigan Warriors PTF 1997 N 20 33 0 0 0 View
L 15 4th Oct 1997 Brisbane Broncos WCCQF 1997 A 12 66 0 0 0 View
L 11 26th Dec 1997 Wigan Warriors* Fr 1997 A 2 46 0 0 0 View
W 12 25th Jan 1998 Swinton Lions* Fr 1998 H 50 28 0 0 0 View
W 16 15th Feb 1998 Featherstone Rovers SCCC4 1998 A 56 24 0 0 0 View
W 16 1st Mar 1998 Warrington Wolves SCCC5 1998 H 35 22 0 0 0 View
L 16 15th Mar 1998 Wigan Warriors SCCC6 1998 A 10 22 0 0 0 View
W 15 5th Apr 1998 Salford Reds SL 1998 A 18 14 0 0 0 View
L 15 10th Apr 1998 Wigan Warriors SL 1998 H 18 38 0 0 0 View
W 14 19th Apr 1998 Huddersfield Giants SL 1998 A 26 24 0 0 0 View
W 14 26th Apr 1998 Warrington Wolves SL 1998 H 36 14 0 0 0 View
L 14 10th May 1998 Bradford Bulls SL 1998 A 4 18 0 0 0 View
W 15 7th Jun 1998 Castleford Tigers SL 1998 A 34 12 0 0 0 View
W 16 14th Jun 1998 London Broncos SL 1998 H 58 6 0 0 0 View
L 15 20th Jun 1998 Sheffield Eagles SL 1998 A 17 18 0 0 0 View
W 15 28th Jun 1998 Salford Reds SL 1998 H 48 12 0 0 0 View
L 15 5th Jul 1998 Wigan Warriors SL 1998 A 14 38 0 0 0 View
L 15 26th Jul 1998 Wigan Warriors SL 1998 N 2 36 0 0 0 View
W 15 2nd Aug 1998 Huddersfield Giants SL 1998 H 68 18 0 0 0 View
W 15 9th Aug 1998 Warrington Wolves SL 1998 A 48 18 0 0 0 View
W 16 23rd Aug 1998 Hull Sharks SL 1998 A 20 6 0 0 0 View
W 16 30th Aug 1998 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1998 H 36 6 0 0 0 View
L 16 4th Sep 1998 Leeds Rhinos SL 1998 A 18 37 0 0 0 View
D 16 13th Sep 1998 Castleford Tigers SL 1998 H 32 32 1 0 0 View
W 8 25th Sep 1998 Sheffield Eagles SL 1998 H 50 0 0 0 0 View


*Unofficial Match.
**Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 149 OTHER 10 = 159
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 86 Subs) = 156
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